Articles tagged "THE WALKING DEAD"

Library Journal Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

Library Journal‘s genre spotlight on Science Fiction has so much Macmillan goodness, it’s out of this world!

Epics Still Rule

THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
On sale Sept. 15, 2015
A heart-wrenching political fantasy debut about power, colonialism, and being different. It already has two starred reviews:
“Dickinson’s debut, the start of a trilogy set in an impressively well-crafted fantasy world, is assured and impressive. He combines social engineering, economic trickery, and coldhearted pseudoscientific theories to weave a compelling, utterly surprising narrative that keeps readers guessing until the end.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is an accomplished debut, with a heroine whose motives are murky, seemingly even to herself. The twists and turns our unreliable narrator takes as she pushes the Aurdwynn nobles to rebel reveal her goals yet also expose her loneliness. We’ve only seen a fraction of the world of the Masquerade and a glimpse of Baru’s plans, setting the stage for a compelling series.” — Library Journal, starred review

Still Popular But Evolving

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
On sale Jan. 26, 2016
A young witch and an engineer in the hipster mecca of San Francisco race to save the planet from plunging into a new dark age in io9.com editor Anders’s new novel.

In the Wind

UPDRAFT by Fran Wilde
On sale Sept. 1, 2015
Debut author Wilde creates a fascinating world of floating cities made of living bone where the residents strap on wings and soar on the air currents.

The End of the World

CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
Available now
Swanwick’s new novel stars two con men (one is a genetically engineered dog) making their way through a future China that has reverted to pre-industrial levels. readmoreremove

Library Apocalypse!

Calm down, friends—it’s not the end of libraries! BONES & ALL author Camille DeAngelis wrote the following piece about the future of libraries after being inspired by a photo essay of the abandoned Mark Twain branch of the Detroit Public Library:

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“Lack of blood spatter notwithstanding, the Mark Twain branch of the Detroit Public Library looks like a set out of The Walking Dead.”

Not so long ago a link went bouncing around my little corner of the Twitterverse, a Flickr set of an abandoned library in Detroit. A photographer named Brandon P. Davis had let himself into the building to document the state of the place—closed in 1996 for renovations, for which the funding obviously never materialized—and now my bookish internet friends were retweeting the link with words like “heartbreaking” and “upsetting.”

I grew up in an affluent community ten minutes down the highway from Camden, New Jersey—a city that, like Detroit, many people seem to regard as a lost cause in every sense of the phrase. In the summer of 2010 Camden came horrifyingly close to shutting its three city library branches, until the county system agreed to take over. Library administrators understand far better than legislators do that a community, any community, needs a library more than it does a police force. Do away with the former, and you ensure that the latter will always have entirely too much work to do.

So heartbreaking is, indeed, the most appropriate choice of adjectives. Years’ worth of water damage has left the old cathedral ceilings of the Detroit library gaping in despair, dropping shower after shower of plaster chips on the books scattered across the floor. The pointed archways above the half-furled blueprints and overturned tables evoke a sort of defunct sacredness, as if this place were a temple dedicated to gods no one believes in anymore. Lack of blood spatter notwithstanding, the Mark Twain branch of the Detroit Public Library looks like a set out of The Walking Dead.

I clicked through Brandon Davis’s photoset and wondered: will anyone use the public library once the apocalypse hits? readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Movie & TV Edition

Happy Friday, friends! Check our favorite movie and television adaptations:

Movie Mania!

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool
The terrifying true story of a sixteen-year NYPD veteran investigating demonic possession and exorcism in NYC is now a major Jerry Bruckheimer summer blockbuster film starring Eric Bana and Olivia Munn.

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
The worldwide bestseller was adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
This heartwarming debut novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie with an all-star cast, including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver.

AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
The beloved novel about a woman who travels to a Jane Austen fantasy camp for women to find her perfect gentleman came to life with Keri Russell.

TV Time!

THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
The highly anticipated HBO adaptation of Perrotta’s novel about those left behind after a mysterious Rapture is finally here and stars a sexy Justin Theroux (just look at that jacket!).

THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
There’s not much we need to say about the blockbuster AMC TV series except that viewers might lose their heads if they can’t get their hands on these books in the series:
The Rise of the Governor
The Road to Woodbury
The Fall of the Governor – Part One
The Fall of the Governor – Part Two
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Descent (available Oct. 14, 2014)

HEMLOCK GROVE by Brian McGreevy
Now streaming season 2 on Netflix, HEMLOCK explores the murder of a teenage girl—and werewolves!

Coming Soon!

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL by Susanna Clarke
On sale February 3, 2015
The phenomenal bestselling novel is coming soon as a tie-in edition to the major seven-part BBC TV series costarring Bertie Carvel (Les Miserables) and Eddie Marsan (War Horse).

THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
Lifetime is working on a two-night miniseries starring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, and Rebecca Ferguson based on Diamant’s hugely popular Biblical bestseller.

Bonus!

RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Alan Eisenstock
The true story of two boys whose obsession with Raiders of the Lost Ark resulted in “the mother of all fan movies” (Los Angeles Times). Anne is obsessed with Indiana Jones (have you seen her Twitter handle?) so naturally she had to include RAIDERS!

24: Deadline by James Swallow
Anne is also a huge fan of the TV show 24 and Kiefer Sutherland’s take-no-prisoners operative Jack Bauer. This tie-in novel delves into what happened to CTU agent Bauer after he was framed for murder.

What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!
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